Easter only comes once a year, so why spend the day in the kitchen — especially when some of San Antonio’s best restaurants offer brunches the whole family can enjoy? From Texas Hill Country resorts to downtown favorites, these restaurants take care of the hard part, so all you have to do is feast. Don your spring finest and hop to the fabulous Easter brunches.
Cibolo Moon at J.W. Marriott Resort
This luxe resort in North San Antonio is pulling out all the stops with an extravagant buffet. Start with soup and salad before taking your plate to the carving station for tender slices of herb-roasted leg of lamb, mustard-rubbed prime rib, and Bourbon-glazed ham. It’s a feast fit for a special occasion, with bonus family activities scheduled throughout the day. Reservations are still available after 2 pm on Easter. And the resort’s 18 Oaks, housed in the TPC San Antonio Clubhouse, will also offer Easter brunch.
This staple of the San Antonio dining circuit is getting into the spring spirit with a surprise themed French toast, a special entrée, and a holiday cocktail. But you can’t go wrong with the anything from regular Sunday brunch menu, served 9 am-3 pm. Start with appetizers like beignets or the bacon plate, a meat lover’s dream including three types of house bacon. Then move on to a masterpiece of a sandwich: the barbacoa croque madame, featuring five cheeses on sourdough topped with cracked pepper mornay gravy and a sunny side up egg. All make friendly pairings with cocktails like the sorbet mimosa; a traditional Bloody Mary; and the Blueberry Pancake, made with Bulleit Bourbon, blueberries, cinnamon, brown sugar syrup, and tonic. Cheers!
Throw a private garden party in the awning-covered patio or sit among the copper light fixtures to stained glass in the Art Nouveau-style dining room. Either way, this San Antonio icon offers the perfect setting for a decadent meal. Enjoy biscuits and pancakes from the breakfast menu from 7 am-3 pm or dive into the lunch offerings from 10 am-3 pm for classics like Champagne chicken enchiladas, spinach salad, and a hefty club sandwich. While you’re there, poke your head into the kitchen shop on the second level for home cooking gadgets or pancake mix.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa
Make the drive to this scenic resort for brunch in the ballroom, complete with an Easter egg hunt for the kids. Inspired by the spirit and flavors of the surrounding Hill Country, the expansive menu offers breakfast favorites like freshly made waffles alongside seafood, carved meats, delicious side dishes, and more. Plus, there’s a children’s buffet that will please even the pickiest eaters. Seatings start at 10:30 am, and can be booked every 30 minutes until 2 pm, and the hunts happen at 11 am and 1 pm.
NOLA Brunch & Beignets
Housed in cottage on Kings Court off the St. Mary’s Strip, this New Orleans-inspired charmer tops many brunch-goers lists. NOLA doesn’t take reservations, but the long lines are worth the wait to sample the delectable beignets. Other dishes, such as authentic shrimp and grits, bring a taste of Louisiana to the Alamo City. The Cajun boudin chilaquiles are a mashup of Arcadian flavors and Tex-Mex soul food, combining sausage and arugula with chipotle gravy, melted cheese, preserved lemon crema, a fried egg, and feta. The brunch plate features praline bacon (yes, salty bacon coated with sugary pecans), scrambled eggs, and crisp fried green tomato. Those with a sweet tooth won’t want to miss the luscious bananas Foster pancakes.
Located at the posh La Cantera Resort, Signature showcases the culinary creations of San Antonio’s acclaimed chef Andrew Weissman. Priding itself on using local and organic ingredients, the restaurant offers fresh takes on classic dishes, all with Texas flair. On Easter, feast on European-inspired dishes like grilled lamb chops with thyme jus or pheasant with roasted seasonal vegetables and wild mushrooms. Or stick with brunch favorites like lobster eggs Benedict or blueberry buttermilk pancakes dripping with warm maple syrup.